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Published March 2nd 2017
Top Things to See & Do this March in Sydney
Enjoy Sydney for FREE in March

A hefty wallet is not required to indulge in some interesting events and activities in Sydney. This March, a plethora of events is available for you and your family to enjoy, starting with the arts. View a LGBTQI exhibition, enjoy movie screenings, listen to the whistles of steam train, learn more about Australia's mangroves, switch off your lights in support of Earth Hour and look to the stars. Whatever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in Sydney this month.

1 to 31 March - Artspace Ideas Platform

Artspace Sydney
Photo courtesy of Artspace Sydney

Encounter artists and their ideas at Artspace's exhibition program. This leading interdisciplinary space for the creation and presentation of contemporary art in Australia collaborates closely with artists to present cross-generational, interdisciplinary, culturally diverse and socially and critically-engaged art.

This March, you can experience Ciaran Begley's talent through his site specific work made from plywood and origami-like constructions. Entitled "Contradictory Demands", the malleable materials encourage the interaction with the viewer. This will run till 12 March.

Mark Titmarsh will presenting "Wet Paint", a thought experiment that invites you to ponder on the poetics of production and how that leaves a trace above and beyond the aesthetics of visual appearance. This will run from 15 March to 2 April.

Time: Weekdays: 11.00am to 5.00pm / Weekends: 11.00am to 6.00pm
Venue: Artspace Sydney
Address: 43 51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Phone: 61 2 9356 0555

1 to 5 March Colours of Our Community Public Exhibition

Colours of Our Community Public exhibition
Photo courtesy of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

In celebration of the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, photographer Markham Lane is hosting a special exhibition. This 10-year retrospective project aims to bring the public closer to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) community and foster understanding and acceptance of their rights. Located in the public foyer and lounge of Ovolo Hotel, you can view a collection of portraits that showcase the diversity and equality of LGBTQI community.

Time: Daily 8.00 am to 11.00 pm
Venue: Ovolo Hotel
Address: 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

3 to 31 March - ARTEXPRESS 2017

Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales hosts many activities throughout the year, including exhibitions, tours, workshops, movies and recitals. It is also best known for its annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition. You can view 38 bodies of work drawn from over 9,000 students. These works were developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2016. The mediums include drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, textiles and fibre, collection of work, documented forms, photomedia, and time-based form. This event will run till 23 April.

Time: Daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Venue: Art Gallery of NSW
Address: Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9292 7000

4 & 5 March - Thirlmere Festival of Steam

Festival of Steam
Photo courtesy of Transport Heritage NSW Ltd

Take a drive out to Thirlmere for one of the premier steam events in Australia. The village is located in the foothills of the Southern Highlands, just an hour south of Sydney. Running since 1989, the annual Festival of Steam fills the usually quaint village with the echoes of steam whistles. You and your family can join in the community celebration of locomotives with steam displays. It offers an excellent photo opportunity with special steam trains. It is also a country fair with market stalls, amusement rides, train rides and a parade.

Time: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Venue: Thirlmere village
Address: Barbour Road, Thirlmere NSW 2572
Phone: (02) 4681 8001

6, 13, 20 & 27 March Monday Movies at The Soda Factory

soda factory movie mondays
Photo courtesy of The Soda Factory

Good-bye Monday Blues. Head over to The Soda Factory and enjoy some all-time favourite movies for free. Here's the line-up for March:

6 March 2017 Whiplash
13 March 2017 Now & Then
20 March 2017 Amy
27 March 2017 Mrs. Doubtfire

Doors open at 5pm and screenings start at 8pm. If you're feeling peckish, there are sides for $5 and gourmet hotdogs with fries at $16. Simply book your spot at

Time: 8.00 pm onwards
Venue: The Soda Factory
Address: 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Phone: 02 8096 9120

6 to 31 March - Mangroves of Australia

mangrove of australia exhibition
Photo courtesy of State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage

In addition to the daily guided walks, the Royal Botanic Gardens is hosting an exhibition that highlights the Mangroves of Australia. This event is the result of effort by botanical artist Deirdre Bean and Dr Norm Duke over 7 years. They have explored, studied and illustrated Australia's mangroves which accounts for over half of the world's species found in tropical and warm temperate coastal and estuarine intertidal zones. you and your family can view 20 original watercolour illustrations of these incredible and beautiful plants that live in saline water. This exhibition will run till 9 June.

Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (Mondays to Fridays)
Venue: Red Box Gallery, National Herbarium of NSW
Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, NSW 2000
Phone: 02 92318111

17, 18, 24 & 25 March - Cinema in the Park

cinema in the park
Photo courtesy of City of Ryde

Grab the family and head over to the City of Ryde for its annual Cinema in the Park. Now in its 16th year, this event screens a series of popular movies in 4 different locations. Sponsored by Macquarie University, entry is free so all you need is your picnic rug or low chair. The movies start at approximately 8pm and are shown on large 8 or 12 metre wide screens. Here is the schedule and locations:

1) 17 March - BFG (PG) at Eastwood Plaza, Rowe Street

2) 18 March - ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (PG) at Yamble Reserve, Quarry Road, Ryde

3) 24 March - PITCH PERFECT 2 (M) at Macquarie University, Lakeside Lawn, Gymnasium Road, Macquarie Park

4) 25 March - TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: Out of the Shadows (PG) at Morrison Bay Park, Frances Road, Meadowbank.


25 March - Earth Hour at Sydney Observatory

sydney observatory
Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

Switch off your lights and head over to Sydney Observatory for the annual Earth Hour celebration. What started in Sydney in 2007 as a conservation idea for Australia has become a global 'lights off' event in over 172 countries and over 7,000 cities and towns worldwide.

To help spread the word about tackling global warming and creating a clean energy future, the venue has organised a series of talks on light pollution, astronomy and the environment. There are also hands-on activities, shadow puppets, telescope viewings and a chance to chat with astronomers. Don't forget to take a stroll through the Observatory lit only by candlelight. Visit the website to book your tickets.

Time: 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm
Venue: Sydney Observatory
Address: 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9217 0111
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Sydney this March
Where: Various locations around Sydney
Your Comment
unclear from the websites and not found in google maps, but I called the number and was advised that the Red Box Gallery is in one of the buildings on Art Gallery Rd just north of the freeway

in other words if you're coming out of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, turn right (head north), cross over the busy freeway bridge, then it's in one of the first buildings on the left - maybe 270m/3mins walk.
by ultim (score: 2|141) 1431 days ago
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